Cool story: Blind 16-year-old gets to drive, once, and live his dream (VIDEO)

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A very cool story here from Miller Motorsports Park, outside of Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah.

The track was recently contacted by Mary Still of American Fork, Utah, who said her son, Paul Wilson, wanted to drive a car. The problem was that Paul is blind. He was diagnosed with Pediatric Brain Cancer at age 6, and subsequent surgeries cost him the vast majority of his sight. He recently celebrated his 16th birthday, and his wish was to – just once – drive a car. The track told Mary it could help, and with a little assistance from the track’s Ford Racing School and school director Cindi Lux, they were able to make Paul’s dream come true.

With Cindi in the right seat, Paul got to spend about 15 minutes driving a Teen Driving School Ford Focus at Miller Motorsports Park, to the cheers and tears of his assembled family. Once he was done, the track surprised him with the opportunity to go for a couple of hot laps on the racetrack in one of the Ford Racing School Mustangs with Cindi.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”